North Korea test-fires Hwasong-12 missile
North Korea has reportedly test-fired a missile near the city of Kusong.
The latest missile test involved a Hwasong-12 missile that flew 787km after being launched on Sunday and reached a height of 2,111.5km, according to North Korea’s state news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
KCNA said that the test-launch was aimed at 'verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.'
The missile flew for 30 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan / East Sea near the Russian coast, CNN reported.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was quoted by media sources as saying: "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil — in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan — the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.
“Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the North Korean missile launch.
Abe said: “Despite strong warning from the international community, North Korea launched a ballistic missile again.
"This is totally unacceptable and we strongly protest it. North Korea's missile launch is a serious threat to Japan and clearly violates the UN resolution."